Ten Years of TV White Space Advocacy

On Friday, March 23rd 2018, the South African communications regulator (ICASA) formally gazetted Regulations on the Use of Television White Spaces spectrum.  This means that, subject to type approval and to authorisation through a geo-location database, TV White Space (TVWS)...

/ 13 April 2018

Africa Telecoms Infrastructure in 2017

Welcome to the 4th annual review of telecommunications infrastructure development in Africa. This is the first year I have managed to get the Africa Telecoms Infrastructure Review out in a truly timely manner, perhaps that bodes well for my taxes...

/ 10 January 2018

Why We Need Universal Basic Internet Now

In 2015, Facebook launched its Free Basics app offering a limited suite of Internet services for free in partnership with mobile network operators (MNOs) around the world.  This provoked widespread debate on whether Free Basics violated network neutrality principles that...

/ 9 December 2017

Why Are African Operators Still Rolling Out 3G Networks in 2017?

I attended the Telecom Infra Project Summit last week in Santa Clara where the OpenCellular Project (yes, a project within a project) announced a new grants program to make their OpenCellular base stations available for testing and piloting to organisations...

/ 15 November 2017

Africa Telecoms Infrastructure in 2016

Welcome to the 3rd annual review of telecommunications infrastructure development in Africa.  A bit like my taxes this year, this review is coming a bit late but is still relevant, especially in the context of the previous reviews helping to frame...

/ 8 September 2017